As the sun was setting on the Byzantine Empire, it was the dawn of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. But before the death of the Byzantine Empire at the hands of the Turks, the two empires often allied together against common enemies, hired their troops out to one another as mercenaries, signed peace treaties, and even intermarried their royal families. When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, they not only became heir to the premier imperial city of the west, they became the successor state to the Byzantine Empire, ruling over the same lands and peoples and fighting the same enemies.
This course will begin with the final chapters of the history of the Byzantine Empire and trace the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. The last lecture will be on the creation of Türkiye and the career of Kemal Mustafa Ataturk.
7. The Turks Take Constantinople.
8. The Ottoman Rise to Power.
9. The Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire.
10. Ottomanism: Turks, Greeks, Armenians, Arabs.
11. “The Sick Man of Europe.”
12. Ataturk: The Fall of the Empire and the Rise of the Republic.